Yoga and Sport

RYT-200 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher. Erica started practicing yoga daily to bring herself flexibility, strength and balance. She enjoys doing yoga on the mat in the room, in nature and at the sea side. Erica brings yoga from the mat to everyday life and it helps her to be balanced, non judgmental and to learn new things. She likes learning and challenges, and encourages students to challenge themselves, learn new asanas, practice and enjoy every minute of yoga.

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Yoga provides lot of benefits to each individual. Some practise yoga as a font of exercise to increase flexibility, improve core strength and/or balance. Other may have derived tremendous benefits – improvement of health, cure of illness/disease, self-wellness and peace through year of practices.

My main focus is to highlight how yoga can be beneficial for all who are actively involved in any sport activity. Yoga can be incorporated in the training schedule. Some sport celebrities such as tennis pros – Peter Sampras, Venus and Serena Williams; golfer – Tiger Wood and ruby team – New Zealand All Black have practised yoga to improve their core strength, flexibility, coordination and help to heal or prevent injuries.

The following are some key reasons how regular yoga practice can improve an athletics performance:

1) Enhances recovery – Lactic acid is generated in the muscle tissue especially doing anaerobic exercises which are high-intensity activities. It may cause muscle cramp and seize, which will affect the performance. Yoga can help to remove the lactic acid by gently circulating lactic acid out of muscle tissue and into the blood stream where it will make its way to the liver for processing. By doing yoga, it is believed that it improves the sleep patterns as well which is important to all athletes after a hectic training program.

2) Reduces injury and restores balance. Athletes usually engage only certain part of the muscle or one side of the body which cause imbalances in the body. This is due to the excessive usage of that group of muscles and may result chronic injuries. For example, cycling and running have very repetitive movements usually in one direction and in one plane of motion. Tight hamstrings and hip flexors will cause the body to …read more


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